The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, 1st Edition

  • Bryan Turner Cambridge University
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  • ISBN-10: 144430500X
  • ISBN-13: 9781444305005
  • DDC: 300.1
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 640 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory builds on the success of The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, second edition (2000) providing a comprehensive guide to the principal traditions of social theory, whilst also exploring critical contemporary issues and engaging sociology with other major areas of the social sciences.Bringing together leading scholars from various branches of social theory, this authoritative new collection covers areas from classical sociology to actor network theory and structuralism to the sociology of the body. The book also emphasizes certain key areas of sociology which have had an important impact in shaping the discipline as a whole, such as feminist social theory, economic sociology, and the sociology of religion.The New Companion argues for a restoration and invigoration of the role of social theory in contemporary sociology, if the discipline is to remain dynamic, critical and relevant.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Blackwell Companions to Sociology.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
1: Introduction: A New Agenda for Social Theory?.
2: Foundations.
3: The Foundations of Social Theory.
4: Contemporary Sociological Theory: Post-Parsonian Developments.
5: Philosophy of the Social Sciences.
6: Actions, Actors, and Systems.
7: Theories of Social Action.
8: Functionalism and Social Systems Theory.
9: Structuralism and Poststructuralism.
10: Actor Network Theory and Material Semiotics.
11: Ethnomethodology and Social Theory.
12: Rational Choice Theory.
13: Perspectives on Social and Cultural Analysis.
14: Pragmatism and Symbolic Interactionism.
15: Phenomenology.
16: Feminist Theory.
17: Postmodern Social Theory.
18: Social Constructionism.
19: Conversation Analysis as Social Theory.
20: Globalization Theory.
21: Sociology and the Social Sciences.
22: Genetics and Social Theory.
23: Economic Sociology.
24: Cultural Sociology.
25: Historical Sociology.
26: The Sociology of Religion.
27: Demography.
28: Science and Technology Studies: From Controversies to Posthumanist Social Theory.
29: New Developments.
30: Mobilities and Social Theory.
31: Sociological Theory and Human Rights: Two Logics, One World.
32: The Sociology of the Body.
33: Cosmopolitanism and Social Theory.
34: The Future of Social Theory.